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Our team

Our team

The Oak Church is working together with Mosaic Church, Leeds, and the Catalyst Network (part of the wider Newfrontiers family). We believe in clear submitted leadership. When the Bible talks about church leadership it is always submitted to God, servant-hearted, devoted, character driven and Jesus focused. There are many leaders at The Oak leading in various ministries but the whole team is led by the Senior Leadership Team - a team made up of Senior Leaders and Elders (the role of the Elders is to hold the Senior Leadership team accountable to the doctrine and direction of the church according to scripture).

The Senior Leadership team is made up of men and women submitted to Jesus, building His church and serving the world.

To contact a member of any of our teams, please visit the contact us page.

Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leaders take responsibility for governing the local church, and together lead the overall direction of The Oak. Within the team, both Graham and Andrew also hold the role of Elder.

Graham French
Elea Derry
Dan Kingsley
Andrew Ryland
Katy Lucas


Elea Derry is one of our Senior Leaders and has a focus on discipleship and oversees our Community Groups and Life Groups.

Lucy is our Children's & Families Worker, leading the Treehouse and Oak Youth teams and supporting the missional discipleship of children.

Ali Bowstead is our Church and Buildings Administrator and helps make everything at The Oak happen!

Will is our Missional Social Action Lead, working to help equip The Oak in all things social action.

Jack Carter is our Community Outreach Lead, working to create, develop, lead and support evangelistic opportunities.

Virginia White is our awesome cleaner who helps keep everything at The Oak looking great.

All of our staff are part time and work for The Oak alongside other commitments and family life.

Elea Derry
Ali Bowstead
Jack Carter
Virginia White

Team & Ministry Leaders

We also have an amazing group of team leaders, who oversee areas of church life.

Adam leads our worship team, bringing direction and vision for how we engage in sung worship together as a church, and investing time in developing our musicians.

Emily and Lucy lead our kids work, with Emily leading The Nest and Lucy leading Treehouse and Oak Youth. Both of them have teams working with them to lead each of our Sunday sessions.

Emma and Ali lead our Refreshment and Hosting teams, helping us all to feel connected and welcomed as we gather.

Rob and Dan lead our audio and visuals tech teams, and help to make all that we do on Sunday work for both those in person and online.

Nikki leads our Coffee & Chaos team; a free fun and friendly playgroup for preschool aged children.

We also have a great group of Community Group leaders - who you can see over on our Community Groups page.

Adam Glass
Emily Jones
Emma Durrant
Ali Bowstead
Rob White
Dan Kingsley
Nikki French